Has there ever been a time when someone experiencing anxiety has been told to “calm down?” Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness and it can’t simply be stopped by someone saying to “calm down.” Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, some common symptoms include sweating, feeling restless and tense, and a rapid heartbeat.* It’s important to note everyone experiences anxiety at times, and that’s a good thing as it can help you cope and survive. For some individuals though anxiety isn’t temporary, and it interferes with their daily life.
There are multiple types of anxiety one might suffer from including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobia-related disorders.* From what researchers have found, risk factors for developing anxiety is related to both genetics and environment. Trauma, drugs or alcohol abuse, family history, and certain personality traits can contribute to developing anxiety. Those who suffer from anxiety disorder typically experience:
- Digestive or bowel problems
- Social isolation
- Poor quality of life
- Problems functioning at work
With anxiety affecting 40 million adults which is nearly 20% of the population, it is the most common mental illness. While anxiety disorders are easily treatable, only 37% of those suffering receive treatment.* There are some ways to help reduce symptoms and treat anxiety such as relaxation techniques, correct breathing techniques, dietary adjustments, exercise, cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, structured problem solving, medication, and support groups.
One of the most common and effective treatment courses offered at Family Houston is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of psychotherapy that can teach people different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful objects and situations.3 If you want more information about the anxiety treatments we provide at Family Houston call us at 713-861-4849.
“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”